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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TLC Book Tours presents... THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT by Susan Mallery - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're back as promised with PART TWO of the TLC Book Tours TWO PART TOUR featuring today's BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant author Susan Mallery and her latest release via HQN!  I gotta say, I'm actually JUST coming off my reading high of this very book (it was a late arrival in my mailbox, happens!), and I'm SO EXCITED to be sharing my adventure through the pages with you.  If it's not already on your radar, you might want to make room on your summer reading list STAT because really, you don't want to miss this!  So please join me as we welcome today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Susan Mallery

About the book...
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…

As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?

Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!

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Honestly, from the moment I turned to page one and began reading, I was totally on board with this one, from story to character.  The sisters are so different, yet intensely connected. Though they share their family history, each of their stories is unique to them and just as enthralling.  They are alike in some fashions, but not in all...and that's okay! Fraternal twins or not, they are individuals! Seeing life from both their perspectives was entertaining, and so emotional.

Sunshine has always been able to attract the boys, and while that was fine in the moment, it led to some disastrous decisions, and quite frankly, she finally wants more than that. I couldn't have applauded her efforts any louder, nor laughed any harder at how she spurned some of the unwanted attention.  (You go girl!) I was really rooting for her to get all she wanted...and though it hurt to witness the fallout of her past making itself known in her present, it was a growth moment and she did well accepting it without letting it completely tear her down.  The moment things finally clicked for her, I was so happy I could burst because really, it could have went a completely different way and although we would have been happy, it wouldn't have been the same happy.  *ahem*  Sorry, not doing spoilers here...moving on...

Margot has always been ambitious and beautiful, just not in the way her grandmother would have wanted (beauty queen trainer...and Margot had a penchant for projectile vomiting in public speaking situations), but even she needs a break from her past...DESPERATELY...with it, time to perhaps fall for someone new.  That's right, the beautiful yet somehow unapproachable sister has a stalker of sorts, or in this case a boyfriend that isn't good for her, to her, or does anything complimentary to her sense of being...yet still keeps showing up like a bad penny...and love being blind, Margot made her own bad decisions when it came to him.  Seeing her let her hair down , figuratively and literally, was refreshing, and again, despite the pitfalls of her current job, I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome of things on a professional and personal level.  She deserved a shot at true happiness, and'll see how that comes to pass.

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In the end, it was such a good story! I adored the sisters, the potential love interests (LOVE!), Bianca (what a hoot!), Connor (such a sweetie), and the rest of the bit players too! While a great summer read to pass the sunny days, it has so much more depth to it as well.  It's about growing up, or rather into the person we want to be, accepting our past, and looking forward to tomorrow. It's about letting love in, and giving second chances when deserved.    It's about not settling for less than we deserve, striving for our dreams, and not being afraid to ask for help in achieving them.  Really and truly, it's cemented its way into being one of my favorites of this author's lengthy published title list...and I couldn't be happier for it.

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About the author...

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.  Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

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Special thanks to TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as Harlequin Books for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  REMEMBER, this is part two of the two part tour so get to clicking to catch all the excerpts from part one AND follow along the rest of this leg for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

Susan Mallery books always suck me in and I love reading them during the summer especially! Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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